By Julia McMurray
Looking to experience a picturesque bike ride through the heart of New England? Consider taking a journey on the Connecticut stretch of the Western New England Greenway, a multi-segment, multi-state bike route from Norwalk to West Cornwall. In Connecticut, the path follows the Housatonic River north through gently rolling terrain marked by farmland and river views. As cyclists, adventurers, and nature enthusiasts embark on this route, they are welcomed by the verdant beauty that defines the Nutmeg State, passing through towns such as New Milford, Sharon, Kent, Cornwall, and Falls Village.
Local shops, farm stands, and historical sites invite cyclists to pause, engage, and immerse themselves in the region; every stop becomes a chance to connect with the culture of the Connecticut communities. Along the way, cyclists can stop at different landmarks and sites, like Lovers Leap State Park for hiking trails, enjoy scenic views and historic ruins, the Eric Sloane Museum for local history exhibits, or 100 Main in Falls Village for home goods featuring one of a kind products made from local artisans.
Beyond its aesthetic allure, the Western New England Greenway also serves as a symbol of sustainable transportation and a commitment to preserving the environment. Ultimately, the trail promises an enchanting voyage through Connecticut’s natural wonders and community treasures. For a map of the routes go to wnegreenway.org